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Confrontation is not our choice, says Medvedev,
EU ready for friendly ties with Russia
Russia Today, September 6, 2008, 20:24
Russia would welcome the prospect of improved relations with the
West, but President Dmitry Medvedev has warned that it would not bow to
external political pressure. The comments were made at the State Council
meeting of Russia’s regions in the Kremlin, where the effort to
reconstruct war-ravaged parts of South Ossetia was on the agenda.
The President also noted that Russia is planning to step up security
measures within its own territory.
Medvedev said to the leaders of the Russian regions that there is no way
to describe the crisis other than as war.
“The tragedy in South Ossetia showed that there are still reckless
politicians whose actions are a threat to international law and order,”
he said. “We have seen how a local frozen conflict turns into a major
crisis with grave humanitarian consequences.”
Medvedev added that Russia doesn’t want any kind of confrontation with
western nations, many of which currently criticise Russia for its
actions in South Ossetia and Georgia.
The President reiterated that after Georgia launched its attack against
South Ossetia in August, Russia had no other option than to defend its
own citizens and the civilians of South Ossetia.
He said: “I would like to repeat. We didn’t want this war. We were
forced to answer Georgia’s aggression. There isn’t a single country in
the world that would tolerate its citizens and peacekeepers being
killed. Russia was obliged to save the people.”
And commenting on the fact that NATO launched major support for Georgia
by sending humanitarian cargo by warships, Medvedev said it would be
interesting to see what NATO’s reaction would be if Russia sent its
warships to the Caribbean to help the nations hit by the recent
“We didn’t get a word of support from those who, in similar
circumstances, were speaking lots about freedom of choice, national
dignity and use of force to punish aggressors. Unfortunately these
countries continue to arm the Georgian regime under the flag of
EU ready for friendly ties with Russia
September 6, 2008, 18:12
The EU says it’s determined to maintain friendly relations with
Russia despite the tension created by the conflict in South Ossetia. The
statement was made at a meeting of European foreign ministers in the
French city of Avignon. The union is also calling on Russia and Georgia
to abide by the EU-brokered ceasefire agreement.
The implementation of the deal is to be discussed during French
President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit to Moscow on Monday.
The EU is looking to increase its role in stabilising the region
following the recent conflict. Measures will range from sending
observers to Georgia's border with South Ossetia, to launching an
investigation into the reasons behind the war.
The ministers are also discussing sending humanitarian aid to Georgia
and giving help to restore its economy.
On relations with Russia, the French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner,
said sanctions are not the way forward.
“Sanctions is not our word,” he said. “We must find understanding, we
must find a way to solve the particular problems. Do you believe really
that sanctions can help, and what kind of sanctions would be efficient?
Diplomacy and politics are not only made of sanctions.”
To watch the
full media conference of the EU foreign ministers, please follow the
The meeting comes just four days after an emergency summit in Brussels,
at which EU leaders denounced Russia's recognition of South Ossetia and
International parliamentarians visit South Ossetia
Meanwhile, an international parliamentary delegation is already in South
Ossetia. The main goal of the trip is to clarify the sequence of recent
events in the region.
The group consists of members of parliament and public representatives
from several European and CIS countries.
They will be joined by a delegation from Russia.
The officials will meet local residents, before heading to the
neighbouring republic of North Ossetia, which hosted large numbers of
refugees after the conflict.
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